Monday, February 20, 2017

Spring Check Up – Looking Bright!

✅ 10 Countries;
✅ 5 Languages;
✅ Millions of rural poor positively impacted with better health, safety and economic conditions.

This February is shaping up to be one of the most influential months in AGC’s history. And we are rolling into the Spring with more momentum than ever.
 

The AGC is working on multiple stages and types of projects to improve ASGM worldwide. 
In more detail, here is some of our progress this Spring:

Burkina Faso
We have set up a demonstration plant whereby miners will no longer need to use mercury to extract their gold from the ore and at the same time their gold recovery will improve by about 30%. From February 21-23 we take part in a USDoS Regional Workshop on Mercury Reduction which will involve participants from Ghana, Burkina Faso & Guinea. On February 24th we will participate in the GEF GOLD Burkina Faso kick-off event, followed by technical meeting with UNIDO.

A local working on our demonstration "mercury free processing system and training centre" set up in Burkina Faso this month.

Indonesia
Environmental and technical experts from the AGC have completed their baseline data collection in rural Indonesia and they are back in Jakarta now for analysis. 
Tyler, our environmental expert, demonstrates to Indonesians how some of the baseline equipment works.
Lao
Preparatory work is being completed to work with the government in Loa in preparing their National Action Plan.

Senegal
The National Action Plan (NAP) workshop inception meeting occurs this month, during which we will be recruiting national experts, and in meetings with national government.

Kevin, describing the dangers of mercury and importance of national action plans.

Mali
The National Action Plan (NAP) workshop inception meeting occurs this month, during which we will be recruiting national experts, and meeting with national government officials.

Ghana
We will be doing the inventory training as part of the NAP in Ghana - working with a local Ghanian NGO called Friends of the Nation and the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Gabon
The National Action Plan (NAP) workshop inception meeting occurs this Spring, during which we will be meeting with national government and recruiting national experts.

Peru
Our first installation for the MEJORO project will be completed soon. Check our ULULA blog for other helpful projects in Peru.
Locals and AGC staff work together installing new technology for miners in Peru.

Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Peru, and Indonesia
The AGC has started developing a business training curriculum that will be delivered to miners in these four
countries



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